I play video video games and write approximately them for a living, so that means for roughly 14 hours a day, I am scouring for tales on my computer or my cellphone. And this is why I discover it without a doubt sudden that until the previous day, I had no idea that Bethesda’s Rage 2 comes out simply four days from now.

Rage 2 is a sequel to a recreation I’ve by no means played, and yet when it debuted photos almost 12 months in the past and went on to reveal extra at E3, it becomes truly one of the games I was looking ahead to the maximum this year. This is why I am so surprised I had no concept it changed into upon us.

I’ve seen particularly little promotion for the sport, although granted I’m not exactly looking tons business-filled TV in recent times, but I’ve just heard so little about it. I realize that reviewers got copies a few days ago (I don’t have one yet, however possibly quickly), so this isn’t Bethesda’s “no greater evaluate copies” factor from some years ago. But the general cone of silence around the release of this game has been tremendously abnormal. The most effective news tales, approximately Rage 2 I may even bear in mind from the entire beyond 12 months, were a touch dirt-up with Far Cry: New Dawn, which shared a decidedly similar aesthetic. Then the day before today, there has been a good-looking, humorous release trailer for Rage 2:

This is an unusual time for Bethesda, a studio in need of some proper information. Fallout seventy-six turned into the worst-reviewed essential identify in numerous years when it launched in 2018, debuting in a broken state with an essential idea that many Fallout enthusiasts sincerely desired nothing to do with, as they just wanted some other sequel or spin-off. Since then, Bethesda’s next most important release was Elder Scrolls Blades, a midway decent cell game however one defined absolutely by way of its primary mechanic of trying to get gamers to pay to bypass wait timers to open chest rewards at the cease of dungeons, which feels about as anti-Elder Scrolls as you get. And to cap it off, Bethesda these days had to take down an Elder Scrolls journey while it became discovered it was plagiarized from Dungeons and Dragons.

Bethesda has massive tasks within the far-flung future, Elder Scrolls VI and Starfield, but those are next-gen and a pair of-three years away as a minimum. Here in the meantime, they need a hit, and optimistically Rage 2 is it. Fallout seventy-six is attempting to crawl its manner lower back from the threshold, and it does appear to have mounted at least a spot community that revels in it after all its content additions and fixes. It’s in a higher country now than, say, Anthem, at least. But Rage 2 as a laugh, action shooter inside the vein of Borderlands (without the looting) could be simply what they need right now.

The silence is peculiar, although. Bethesda has performed this earlier than, in which no person heard all that tons approximately DOOM beyond an underwhelming multiplayer beta earlier than the release of its godly unmarried participant campaign everyone cherished. And yet Bethesda is presently on something of a omit streak that needs to be damaged using a real, non-arguable hit.

Is Rage 2 going to make that occur? I wager we’ll discover in some days’ time. I’ll have thoughts then.